Berchemia discolor (Klotzsch) Hemsl.

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Berchemia discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutoya Lodge, Kalimbeza

Berchemia discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

Berchemia discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

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Synonyms: Phyllogeiton discolor (Klotzsch) Herzog
Common names: Bird-plum (English) Brown ivory (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large tree. Bark dark grey and fissured. Leaves opposite, elliptic to slightly (ob)ovate, glossy dark green above, distinctly paler below; midrib and lateral veins prominent; margin entire. Flowers in small axillary clusters, yellowish-green. Fruit fleshy, slightly ovoid c. 15 × 7 mm, yellow when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: discolor: not of the same colour; the leaves however are only slightly discolorous
Habitat: In riverine forest and dry woodland, often on termite mounds.
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Ethiopia to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also on the Arabian Peninsula.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Monday 26 February 2024

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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

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Kamumvuri, G. (ed.) (2004). Plants of Zimbabwe Report No. 1 National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 1.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 69.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 110 - 111. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 95.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 222.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Berchemia discolor., retrieved 14 July 2024

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